Benjamin Maurice Melançon the First, A.D.H.D. variously known as BMM Inc., the Maurice Institute Library, and the godfather of CATSUP, is quite possibly a figment of his own imagination.
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Really, DemandProgress? Isn't running television ads in Washington D.C. a way to try to influence

Now the fight moves on to the Senate. After blocking its passage last week, the House voted to extend the PATRIOT Act last night -- but we can still win this in the Senate.

Thank you, to those who have already donated to help us get our ad on TV. It is ready to be aired in Washington, DC -- but we still need help.

If you haven't had a chance to donate yet, would you click here to view the ad, and consider chipping in $10 to help us get it on TV? Every $50 we raise will let us air it one additional time.

The only moral monopoly

The only moral monopoly is one controlled by the people, democratically. If your business model is monopoly, expect to be taken over.

[tweeted that]

In praise of the newly elected Republican congressman who are refusing government-paid health care

I'm sure all these people are much better off than the median American, but this is an honorable, principled action, period. Whatever their ideological reasons, they are throwing in their lot with the people, and this should be respected.

A movement or revolution is in the details

Nothing more powerful than being part of a movement @ghonim shows us when freed after Egyptian state kidnapping. Watch: http://lb.cm/ZLW

Some takeaways from Wael Ghonim's post-release interview http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/08/subtitled-video-of-wael-ghon...

The people putting in the work to organize the protests that Mubarak must go:

  • planned for non-violence
  • planned for doing no property damage
  • planned for cleaning up trash in the areas they occupied
  • They tried to plan for no one getting hurt, too.

Anjali goes to Worlds

Hi Everybody,

I can't believe it, but Worlds are actually finally here and so my quest for the world record in the 200m resumes. I leave the country today for a training camp in Australia and then on to Christchurch, New Zealand. Competition begins January 21. While I am gone, I might have sporadic access to this account. As much as I'm there focusing on what I'm there for, I do like to know what's going on back at home especially because I still have to wait until the end of Jan for competition to actually begin!

Inbox zero and the plans future e-mails i spend time on must fit in.

Inbox zero across all (non-list) e-mail boxes: Agaric, personal, and People Who Give a Damn. (Though 15 drafts of replies remain to send.) New e-mail i receive is likely to get a quick reply: sorry, this does not fit in my plans. Those plans are: Publish the Definitive Guide to Drupal 7. Do Anjali Forber-Pratt's site. Do well-paying Drupal work. Start Visions Unite for real. That's January, February, March, and April.

Stop FBI Repression of Anti-War Activists

Organizing for peace is not a crime. Leave the people room to breathe, let justice and liberty and democracy have a chance.

http://www.iacenter.org/stopfbi/

Petition Text:

To: President Barack Obama, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald

cc: Vice President Biden, DOJ Inspector General Fine, the Senate and House Judiciary Committees, Congressional Leaders, the Congressional Black Caucus, U.N. Secy Gen Ban, and members of the media

**Stop the repression against anti-war and international solidarity activists.

Sincere honor

I never was able to figure out why we saw flags at half-mast in Massachusetts on December 8, on the last leg of our return drive home from visiting the family compound in West Virginia.

The best i can tell is our fair commonwealth chose to honor Pearl Harbor Day (which was the day before) in the most sincere way possible— by failing to see it coming.

Lines to use in any conversation and in religious contexts

Dan and Sarah have both been asked, on learning that they celebrate Chanukah (and so by assumption not Christmas), "Do you celebrate Thanksgiving?"

If i ever get asked that, i plan to answer:
Yes i celebrate Thanksgiving, but i do not celebrate Columbus Day.

And this is one i thought of while mom was trying to get off a charity solicitation call, and can be used almost any time:
This conversation has come to a successful conclusion.

And if anything at all religious comes up, i plan to say:
That offends me; I'm part atheist.

Staying

If you feed me, i might not leave.

— Benjamin Melançon

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